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Time of the Gypsies (1988)

Dom za vesanje (original title)
In this luminous tale set in the area around Sarajevo and in Italy, Perhan, an engaging young Romany (gypsy) with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime, which threatens to destroy him and those he loves.

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Emir Kusturica
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Davor Dujmovic Davor Dujmovic ... Perhan
Bora Todorovic Bora Todorovic ... Ahmed
Ljubica Adzovic ... Khaditza - Grandmother
Husnija Hasimovic Husnija Hasimovic ... Merdzan
Sinolicka Trpkova Sinolicka Trpkova ... Azra
Zabit Memedov ... Zabit
Elvira Sali Elvira Sali ... Danira
Suada Karisik Suada Karisik ... Dzamila
Predrag Lakovic
Mirsad Zulic Mirsad Zulic ... Zef
Ajnur Redzepi Ajnur Redzepi ... Perhan's son
Sedrije Halim Sedrije Halim ... Ruza, Azra's mother
Saban Rojan Saban Rojan
Branko Djuric ... Sadam
Edin Rizvanovic Edin Rizvanovic
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In this luminous tale set in the former Yugoslavia, Perhan, an engaging young Romany with telekinetic powers, is seduced by the quick-cash world of petty crime that threatens to destroy him and those he loves. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Taglines:

"When God came down to earth he could not deal with the gypsies . . . and he took the next flight back"

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Fantasy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Italy | Yugoslavia

Release Date:

9 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiempo de gitanos See more »

Filming Locations:

Sutka, Macedonia See more »

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Gross USA:

$280,015
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Mono | Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed in nine months. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Turetskiy gambit (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Ederlezi
Arranged by Goran Bregovic
Performed by Vaska Jankovska
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Satiated.
9 April 2001 | by the red duchessSee all my reviews

'Time of the Gypsies' is a big, full movie.

It is full in the way a magic realism novel is full, with its intergenerational cast of characters; its vivid sense of place, the weather and community life, where private is always public, where joy and tragedy are inextricable; where magic, dream and delusion are indistinguishable.

It is full in the Fellini sense, with its grand, often hallucinatory, set pieces; its profusion of grotesques; its bursting compression of many plots; its general noisiness.

It is one film containing many simultaneous films (a gangster film; a surreal road movie; a romantic comedy; a rites-of-passage; a Christian allegory).

It somehow feels a little thin, like a tapestry of chunks from a massive novel. It is certainly a prime example of retrospective dating - at the time it seemed a masterpiece; over a decade on, it's pastiche Kusturica.


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